Trump to host Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in May

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US President Donald Trump will host Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the White House May 3 for talks on efforts to revive the Middle East peace process, the White House confirmed Wednesday.

"They will reconfirm the commitment of the USA and Palestinian leadership to pursuing and concluding a conflict-ending settlement between the Palestinians and Israel", Politico news quoted Spicer as saying. We told the USA administration that, and they know our position.

But Trump also asked Israel to "hold off" on Jewish settlement construction in territory the Palestinians claim for their future state.

"If you can't produce peace in the Middle East, nobody can", Trump said at a January dinner the night before his inauguration, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

"Trump knows we are committed to a Middle East that lives in peace, justice and dignity, based on two states solution, global legitimacy and Arab peace initiative", Abbas said.

Netanyahu has for several months publicly called for Abbas to return to the negotiating table with Israel, without preconditions.

Trump spoke to Abbas for the first time over the phone in March and invited him to the White House.

During a February 15 media conference, Trump was ambivalent about a two-state solution.

The Palestinian Authority Chairman clarified in an interview with a Japanese journalist that there is no alternative to a two-state solution, which requires painful compromises by both sides.

Kushner has known Netanyahu, a friend of his father Charles Kushner's, since the Israeli leader once stayed at the Kushners' New Jersey home.